Schoodic Point Cottage
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Warm and cozy vacation cottage situated 1.2 miles to the park entrance. Enjoy being near the ocean, the feeling of being in a cottage out in the countryside and yet you are right in town. From here it's a short walk to the harbor, marina, stores, eateries
, golf course and shuttle bus stop. Enjoy hiking trails
, fishing, kayaking
, golf, swimming and picnicing along our rocky granite shoreline. Experience a little bit of life in the slow lane and treat yourself to some real downeast treasures. Have it all!
Built the winter of 2007-08. It was built with your vacation in mind, a place having some illusion of being rustic and with all the comforts and conveniences of home. Except for the bathroom the floors are eastern white pine, portions of some walls have been left unfinished and it has a vaulted ceiling. Pictures can't convey the ambiance, especially in the evenings with the light from the fireplace shimmering off the ceiling. So, if you want something special. You don't want to walk into a rental that looks like the house you just left. Then this may be the place for you!
- Wireless internet.
ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW, Ion, Justise,
Decades, MPBN, MPBN World,
MPBN Create, PBS Kids
(Not all channels guaranteed)
, VCR/DVD and a collection of recent and older DVD movies and videos, CD player, books, magazines. Bring your cell phone. Central heating. Washer and dryer.
- Picnic table, four adirondack chairs &
fire ring with grates.
- Futon with 10" (new - not pictured)
mattress, coffee table, armchair and end table, hall stand, tide clock, TV stand, and an electric fireplace/parlor stove.
- Queen sized bed with a wrought iron antique-like frame, end tables, lamps, dresser and chair. (Linens included)
Shower, hair dryer. (Towels and washcloths included.)
- Refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, coffee maker , toaster, pots, pans silverware, dishes, glasses and cups (etc. etc.).
- Charcoal barbecue, double rocker, two chairs and patio table.
- Porta crib & highchair
available upon request.
To sum it up
- The cottage is completely furnished (and decorated) with everything we can think of that you may need to get started even including complimentary items that you may forget like coffee, tea, toothpaste, shampoo, razor and more. As like our other rentals we try not to do things just half right.
- a little over one half mile to the ocean and center of town, less than a mile to the ferry and a mile to the park entrance.
Meet the owners
Welcome to Schoodic Point
Where it doesn't get any better.
Although the park is flat out gorgeous and there's no denying that. There's more to the area than just the park. Less commercialized than some big tourist hotspots we have a lot to offer visitors. Especially those guests who desire a more relaxed, less crowded atmosphere. But even those desiring days of crowds, shopping and non stop activities can have the needs easily met here. That's one of the beauties of a vacation or living here. You can have remote, secluded, quiet or crowds anytime you want, it's your call.
Explore and enjoy Schoodic Point with its many beauties and relaxed pace. From here all the shops, stores and restaurants are just a short walk. You can rent bikes and kayaks for exploring or play golf. Lobsters are cheaper here than just about anywhere else and what you buy is brought in daily. If you are here when the lobsters are shedding their shells do yourself a favor and try them. They are tender and sweet and what most locals prefer. And because they are so fragile and don't ship easily you generally can't get them anywhere else but here.
During the tourist season there is a free shuttle bus service partly sponsored by L.L. Bean that starts in Winter Harbor and tours the park and area before returning. The bus runs every half hour or so and stops are scattered. Not that it matters since the drivers are more than happy to pick you up if you wave them down from the side of the road. Anyway in the immediate area there are shops, stores, restaurants, piers and pounds to buy your lobsters plus a lot more. Grindstone Neck has a nine hole golf course with views of the ocean from every hole. If you really enjoy the ocean and don't mind getting wet then rent or bring a kayak and meander through the bays and coves. Ride out and see the seals basking on the rocks on the other side of Turtle Island, the osprey nesting near the Halibut Hole or the lighthouse on Mark Island.
Throughout the year there are different programs, theaters, concerts, dances and many other events. Then during the summer there is an arts festival for two weeks which usually starts around the last week in July. But still overall it's generally quiet here (compared to where you probably live) except for the lobster festival and a few other things. Once a year the entire area goes on holiday. Usually the second Saturday in August. The only time of year you see more tourists than lobsters. Sometimes the cars get backed up at the stop sign downtown ten deep waiting to make the turn for the craft fair or to watch the lobster boat races. (What can I say I'm not used to crowds and lines anymore ) Seriously, the day starts off with a 5K road race in the morning and ends with a parade in the evening. Of course there are lobster dinners, barbecues and a lot of other things. It's always a good time.
A short walk up Main Street is the entrance road to the park. The view from the road that loops around the point is magnificent. You can while the day away relaxing and taking in the spectacular views of the islands, sea and wildlife. Wander out on the rocks and picnic or bring back mussels for dinner. Have a cook out or lobster bake and relax into the evening around the campfire if you like listening to the loons after dark at Frazer Point where there are picnic tables and fire pits for barbecues. And I'm not really sure why but lobsters always seem to taste that much better there. On any given day you'll see lobster boats pulling in the days catch and eagles soaring about the harbor. On other days you can watch the sail boats from the yacht club race. Words can't really describe time in this place.
The miles of hiking trails and biking paths in the park provide a natural perspective of the park while hikers meander through birches, cedars, jack pines and climb granite outcroppings to enjoy the views. Along the way you can pick wild blueberries, cranberries and apples from overgrown trees on old farmsteads. Several islands of various sizes, also part of Acadia National Park, are close to shore including Little Moose Island, Schoodic Island, Pond Island, and Rolling Island. A couple of which you can walk to at low tide.
Schoodic Head, the highest point on the peninsula. Its 440 foot peak offers panoramic views to the north
of the peninsula and mountains, south into the open Atlantic Ocean, Frenchman Bay
and Cadillac Mountain to the west
. On a clear day you can see east to the Petit Manan lighthouse
and preserve on the next peninsula over. The most southern tip of the point, has granite outcroppings and pounding surf. People come from all over to watch the surf as storms or hurricanes passing by sometimes hundreds of miles away break against the rocks and throw spray fifty feet or more in the air. It really is something to see. There is ample parking space for visitors and it is well worth the trip any day.
There is also freshwater swimming and canoeing at Jones Pond (5 miles away) where you can also enjoy fishing for its landlocked salmon, brook trout, lake trout and bass or if you are a leaf peeper and plan on visiting to view New England's fall foliage in all it's colors. The leaves generally reach their peak in October and can be quite spectacular.
And finally if you want to see the coast of Maine as it should be seen. Hop on the ferry
. But don't forget to look up when you are on the pier. Believe it or not I can't count the number of times over the years that I have had to point out the eagles sitting atop the utility pole. Combined both legs of the trip out and back are a 14 mile leisurely 1 hour+
trip. First you'll head out by Mark Island Light
, then around Grindstone Point and then either through the narrows between Turtle and Spectacle Islands or through the Halibut Hole and you'll see seals, porpoises, ospreys. Sometimes and quite often as a matter of fact moose swim between the mainland and the islands. You will round many small islands. Some with secluded cottages, camps and cabins. Many that time appears to have forgotten. Anyway, it's a really gorgeous trip
and the views from the ocean give you an entirely different perspective.
I met someone at the docks a few years back now from NJ and he said it better than I can "its like being in heaven". Do yourself a favor this year, come see!
Meet the owners
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$ / Week
Three night minimum
$ / Week
July & August - weeks start on Saturday
Six night minimum until two weeks prior
$ / Week
Three night minimum
$ / Week
Reservations accepted after Oct. 15
- During summer dates - weeks start on Sunday.
- Maine lodging tax
- Refundable security deposit -
- Maximum (no exceptions) number of people = Four
- Check in after 4PM. - Check out by 10:30am.
- Spring & fall daily rates are on the credit card page
- NO SMOKING inside cottage
- Pets allowed: Limited to 2 dogs.
- Sec. dep. with pets increased
$ for 1 /
$ for 2
Senior and service discounts
- No it doesn't hurt to ask but the calendar is up to date 99% of the time.
- You say it sleeps four but I only see one bedroom: Yes, the cottage is best suited for parties of two. But there is a full sized futon in the living room that can be used as another bed.
- Maximum of 4 persons & 2 pets: No exceptions if we have no rental history with you.
- Is the cottage on the water or can you see it: Only from the top of the driveway in the winter . The water is 1/2 mile straight down the road. It's a nice walk or bike ride.
- How close is the park: The cottage is situated 1.2 miles from the park.
- Will we meet you: I mow the lawn, take the trash and live about 70 yards away and do try to at least say hi, introduce myself and answer any questions when I see people, so I hope so.
- When will I get my security deposit back: Assuming everything is in order after you leave, most people get their security deposit back within the first 3 days but I am human so if you haven't recieved it in a week email me.
- Is it available during the winter: No, depending upon the weather and business I usually close it up and winterize the cottage around mid November.
Wes & Carney Williams